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Is T.J. funny or annoying...? and a thought on the writing...


The first time I saw this movie, I thought that T.J. was a rather lame choice for one of the lead boyfriends and that he contributed to the overall weakness of the movie, but as I watched it again and again, I realized that he is actually quite funny - Does anyone agree, or is he just annoying? The more you watch it, the more it seems that the actor's personality fits in perfectly with the lines written for the character.

It's also interesting that the writer and director, Deborah Brock, used the word "uptight" for T.J. so many times. "Uptight" must be of her vocabulary, you know, how some people have distinctive vocabularies...

I get the sense that the writing and Brock's imagining of how the movie was going to be somehow did not match up with the finished product, which is intriguing because the writer and director are the same person. Anyone else get that sense? The movie starts out promising - the first 20 minutes are good - and then sometime after they've gotten to the house it seems to fall apart. Maybe the setting, the house itself, is a drawback - I mean, the walls are barren, there's no color, and it takes place in the desert.

Anyone have any thoughts they want to contribute?

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I do think that the kids in this-- particularly Juliette Cummins and Heidi Kozak-- are very intentionally funny and it's their shenanigans that add to the enjoyalbe craziness of this.

I was just a kid during the 80s, but I think I remember "Uptight" being one of those slang-type expressions that entered the lexicon and never really left.

Nothing-- not the setting, victims, killer, or even the general sense of menace-- feels real here. Nightmares give way to more nightmares and the heroine seems disconnected like she might not actually be awake. I don't know if the producers wanted conflicting elements injected or if the whole storyline is meant to be a personal fantasy, but the finished product has the feel of a parody. Really, it's the non-cohesive weirdness that's the draw for me, so the fact that it's not a conventional Killer-In-The-House exercise is probably for the best.

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TJ is both.

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The British censors didn't get that though. They banned it in the UK as a "video nasty" for being a particularly potent blend of violence, sexuality and music.

The Film had a budget of less than $400,000 -- the coffee budget for a Hollywood studio film -- and so production values were not the highest.

This was one of Roger Corman's favorite films during the 80's since it made him a lot of money, however his employees always wondered if he knew it was a comedy. Of course he did, he's got a wicked sense of humor! Look at G-A-SSSSSSS.

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TJ reminds me of a second rate Bill Paxton that ends up being better than the actual Bill Paxton.

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While I can't believe we're having a serious conversation about this movie, I'll throw in my two cents. I thought TJ was an annoying character, but a very believable one. The second he opened his mouth I new he was the same tool that everyone encounters at their high school. You know, the one that thinks he's tough and hilarious but is really neither. Anyway, I thought it was typical that he turned out to be a whiny little b!tch at the end and made his girlfriend carry him around because he had a cut on his leg. What a tool.

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I thought TJ was pretty annoying...mainly because of that laugh he seems to do after every sentence.

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YES!!! Every time he laughed (which was ALL THE DAMN TIME!!) I wanted to reach through the screen and kill him myself. As it was, I thought his death was too quick, too easy, and nowhere near soon enough!

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Well his leg was drilled through, so I'd hardly blame him for that. It was not just a cut.

But yeah, he was annoying, but believable.

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Both funny and annoying, but I used to just think he was annoying. Especially during lines like "This is GETTING too STUPID." and "Smoke your head" etc.
But I watched it the other night and actually laughed at some of his lines, like "Noooo, go away you're supposed to be dead" lol.

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Guy is annoying, and like constantly high is seems. I would've given a good punch or two if he started messing around with me.


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He was very funny and thank god for a character like him.

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There are characters like him in almost every horror movie, so I didnt really find him annoying.
And another note, the poster who mentioned this was a video nasty? I never saw it listed on any of the video nasty lists.

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I actually thought TJ was hilarious. I liked some of his lines, and he was one of my favorite characters in the whole movie.

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Annoying as hell and I kept questioning how in the world he got a girlfriend. Typical stoner that is required in these movies I guess.
I was really hoping for a long drawn out killing of him :)

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To me he was the only good part of this movie, otherwise this movie was pretty terrible. As a fan of the first movie this one was a real letdown. Thank goodness for Joel's performance which helped give it a little bit of life.

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Annoying.

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